The Responsive Weekly Recap: Game-Changing Habit Hacks for Fundraisers

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This week, nonprofit executive coach and fundraising consultant Mallory Erickson joined us to talk about habits that can improve your fundraising and move you from a reactive to a proactive approach.

Top Takeaways

  • Habit #1: 7 Day “No” Challenge–Make a habit of cold calling lapsed donors and inviting them to give, with the goal of celebrating every “no” you hear. Fundraising is a numbers game, and you need a lot of no to get to yes.
  • Habit #2: 5 and Dive–Every time you’re prospecting (corporations, individuals, foundations) instead of making an exhaustive list, stop at 5 prospects and then reach out to them.
  • Habit #3: Fearless 45 (or 15!)–Start your day with a set amount of time to check off the scariest tasks that you can complete in that time.

We Also Talked About:

  • Tiny Habits
  • Free to Focus
  • Atomic Habits
  • Kindly and clearly enforcing boundaries
  • When “helper energy” can help, when it can steer you wrong
  • When the desire to be likable can trip you up
  • Strategies for blocking out time to work on your high-priority tasks

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